I blogged about the story here on Christmas Eve in which a man — a white dude, unsurprisingly — set his house on fire, waited for firefighters to show up, and shot them all, killing two.
It’s unsurprisingly enormous local news, and it’s my understanding that it has at least marginally made national news, as well. Seven houses burned down, 5 people were shot, and 3 were murdered, including his sister, with 6 victims in total. The dude who did this, who killed himself, of course, was a total shitbag. No one seems to care very much about his sister, who he also murdered, but they are broken up about the firefighters. Who, I do agree, deserve to be broken up about — they were there to help somebody; indeed, they were volunteers.
Anyway, a woman was just arrested in connection with the case. A woman who appears to be a woman of color.
A former neighbor, she supposedly bought the guns for the guy under false pretenses over 2 years ago. They found out because he wrote about it in his suicide note. Apparently, some additional evidence backs up his assertion.
Now, look. I am in no way suggesting that committing a federal offense by lying about who is going to be the owner of some high-powered weapons upon purchasing them is a good thing to do, or a right thing to do, or a thing that I support.
I’m just saying that we live in a society where guns are made so freely available and so cavalierly treated and considered more of a god-given right than food or shelter that lying about who you’re buying some guns for is seen about on par with fraudulently giving a friend your employee discount.
And what I’m saying is that everybody really needs somebody to blame. And the guy who deserves the blame, he’s dead.
So what we have here is a white dude who once killed his grandmother with a fucking hammer.
Who murdered his own sister.
Who set fire to his own house, completely destroying 7homes and otherwise damaging god knows how many.
Who set a trap for volunteer firefighters responding to an emergency on the early morning hours of Christmas Eve and tried to kill them all, succeeding in a couple of cases.
Who then went on the run for hours, preventing firefighters from fighting the fire that was currently destroying people’s homes.
And who also, before killing himself, wrote a note that said “I’m an asshole white dude who just killed some of your white dude heroes, and you’re all going to be really fucking pissed. I’m too much of a coward to deal with it.
But here’s a woman of color you can blame for buying me something you can pick up at Walmart.”
And instead of looking at that and saying “No, we are not going to do this.”
We’ve apparently instead decided “Okay, let’s run with that.”
And in the exceedingly rare instance that somebody actually has to pay for any of these mass shootings perpetuated almost exclusively by white men, it’s going to be a woman of color tied to the stake. Even though she didn’t fire a single shot.